Pre-2011 Booklist


Counting only books finished in 2010. Some books were boring, or I didn't finish them.
  1. Dating Jesus: a story of fundamentalism, feminism, and the American girl - Susan Campbell
  2. Brightness Reef - David Brin
  3. Infinity's Shore - David Brin
  4. Heaven's Reach - David Brin
  5. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism - Chogyam Trungpa
  6. A Fire Upon the Deep - Vernor Vinge
  7. The New Buddhism: The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition - James William Coleman
In March I left for Chile, so the book selection widens a bit, depending on what was available.
  1. Reading Lolita In Tehran - Azar Nafisi (Mostly interesting as a portrait of Iran before and after the revolution, unless you like fiction more than I do.)
  2. Soldiers In A Narrow Land: The Pinochet Regime In Chile - Mary Helen Spooner. (Excellent.)
  3. Tasting Chile - Daniel Joelson (A Chilean cookbook. Said one Chilean: "It's very small. I'm surprised anyone would write a book about it.")
  4. Zen In America - Helen Tworkov (Very outdated, not recommended except as history.)
  5. Santiago's Children - Steve Reifenberg
  6. My Invented Country - Isabel Allende
  7. Devil In the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness At the Fair That Changed America - Erik Larson
  8. Siddartha - Herman Hesse (Awesome.)
  9. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho (Oprah Winfrey follow-your-bliss simplistic pseudo-spiritual pablum.)
  10. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
  11. The Shack  - William P. Young


  1. A Blessing of Bread: The Many Rich Traditions of Jewish Bread Baking Around the World - Maggie Glezer
  2. Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes - Jeffrey Hamelman
  3. Japan's Ultimate Martial Art: Jujitsu Before 1882, the Classical Japanese Art of Self-Defense - Darrell Max Craig
  4. The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe From 400 to 1000 - Chris Wickham (Didn't quite finish it--it's extremely dense.)
  5. The Seven Storey Mountain - Thomas Merton
  6. The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language - John H. McWhorter
  7. The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life, His Own - David Carr
  8. Buddha or Bust: In Search of Truth, Meaning, Happiness and the Man Who Found Them All - Perry Garfinkel
  9. Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language: A Teacher Self-Development and Methodology Guide - Jerry G. Gebhard
  10. One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism - Joseph Goldstein
  11. Waking Up: A Week Inside a Zen Monastery - Jack Maguire
  12. The Steel Remains - Richard K. Morgan
  13. What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life - Thomas H. Groome
  14. Fight: Or, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking But Were Afraid You'd Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking - Eugene Robinson
  15. Fables: The Dark Ages - Bill Willingham
  16. Fables. v. 11, War and Pieces - Bill Willingham
  17. Sitting Still - Patricia Hart Clifford
  18. Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen - Christopher McDougall
  19. Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin - Nicholas Ostler
  20. Meetings With Remarkable Women: Buddhist Teachers in America - Lenore Friedman
  21. Use of Weapons - Iain M. Banks
  22. Consider Phlebas - Iain M. Banks
  23. Matter - Iain M. Banks
  24. The Food of a Younger Land - ed. Mark Kurlansky 
  25. Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle - Daniel L. Everett
  26. Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes - Tamim Ansary
  27. Why I Am a Catholic - Garry Wills
  28. Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies & The Truth About Reality - Brad Warner
  29. Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit - Garry Wills
  30. The Catholic Imagination - Andrew Greeley
  31. In Search of Zarathustra: The First Prophet and the Ideas That Changed the World - Paul Kriwaczek
  32. Shaker: Life, Work, and Art - June Sprigg and David Larkin
  33. The Lost Gospel: The book of Q & Christian Origins
  34. Warm Smiles From Cold Mountains: Dharma Talks on Zen Meditation - Reb Anderson
  35. All Is Change: The Two-Thousand-Year Journey of Buddhism to the West - Lawrence Sutin
  36. The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam - Jonathan Riley-Smith.
  37. Cave In the Snow: Tenzin Palmo's Quest for Enlightenment - Vicki Mackenzie
  38. What the Buddha Never Taught - Tim Ward
  39. How Starbucks Saved My Life - Michael Gates Gill
  40. Emergency - Neil Strauss
  41. Elric, the Stealer of Souls - Michael Moorcock
  42. Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism - John Powers
  43. Out of Gas: The end of the age of oil - David Goodstein
  44. Walden - Henry David Thoreau (Well, I tried and failed. It's quotable, but not very well written.)
  45. American Shaolin: flying kicks, buddhist monks, and the legend of iron crotch: an odyssey in the new China - Matthew Polly
  46. You Suck: A Love Story - Christopher Moore
  47. A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore